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Through an Uncommon Lens: F. Holland Day

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Patricia Fanning, archivist, author, associate professor, Bridgewater State College

Archivist and author Patricia Fanning presents information from her book Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day.

Fanning has written Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day, a book about Boston-based photographer F. Holland Day (1864-1933). Day was a central figure in artistic circles on both sides of the Atlantic. Publisher of Oscar Wilde and Stephen Crane, mentor to a young Kahlil Gibran, adviser and friend to photographers Alvin Langdon Coburn and Edward Stiechen, Day lived a life devoted to art and beauty; yet, by the time he died he was virtually unknown. Responding to a resurgence of interest in his art, Fanning has published her book, which draws on previously unavailable archival material and is attuned to the historical and cultural contexts in which Day lived and worked. The book is illustrated with more than a hundred photographs, including 31 duotone illustrations of the artist's work.

Patricia Fanning is associate professor and chairperson of the sociology department at Bridgewater State College.

PBS | NPR Forum Network program with The Boston Athenaeum

2008 Oct 17


Producer WGBH
Production Company WGBH Forum Network
Audio/Visual sound, color

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